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2019 Mazda 3 G20 Touring review

The first car. Those years of waiting, months of learning to drive in your parent's car, days of excitement all over as the keys to your new prized possession are placed in your (not-so) trusty hands for the first time, signifying the start of a life of car ownership. Okay... who am I kidding? For most kids, the passion of getting their first car is just like any other mildly exciting day...

2002 Mazda 323 Protege Sports Edition review

I bought this Mazda 323 in January 2019 as a downgrade to a cheap runaround car whilst saving for a house. Over two years later and 70,000km put on it, I'm still driving it after buying my house a year ago. I was scouring Facebook marketplace for a car close to me and I wasn't particularly fussed over what it would be, except that I would have preferred a manual...

2012 Mazda 3 Neo review

In late 2020 I bought a 2012 Mazda 3 sedan in a private sale. The purchase was made to replace our mid-spec 2008 Honda Civic VTI-L, which had 235,000 kilometres on the clock and will be used for my 170 kilometre round trip commute up the Pacific Highway to and from work each day. Put simply we wanted a younger car with fewer clicks on the clock...

2004 Mazda MX-5 SE review

This is my third MX-5, all NBs. I bought the first one post retirement, and enjoyed it for five years. It was near new, owned by a couple for whom pending parenthood made the MX5 impractical. You can't fit two people and a baby capsule into a two seater roadster. Unfortunately, family commitments forced me to swap the MX-5 for a Commodore ute...

2018 Mazda CX-9 Azami (AWD) review

Two years ago I wrote an Owner Review of my 2015 Mercedes C250d, ending by saying, “Maybe when it's time for an SUV (I think we all need to admit it's inevitable...), I'd be very happy for the updated C-Class sedan to replace my Lexus". Well fast-forward a year and here I am writing about my first SUV, a Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD, which ended up replacing my trusty Lexus IS250, whilst we kept the Merc...

2011 Mazda 3 Neo review

The Mazda 3 has been a mainstay of Australian roads since the launch of the BK in 2003. In 2011 it reached peak popularity becoming Australia’s favourite car of 2011, knocking Holden’s Commodore off its long-held perch. As the successor to the 323, which formed the basis of Ford’s more popular Laser, the new Mazda 3 was related to Ford Australia's Laser replacement, the European designed Focus...

2015 Mazda 3 Astina diesel review

I have had my Mazda 3 going on six months now and while I do absolutely love the car (especially the engine) I have to say I’m a little unimpressed with the build of the car. I have always loved diesel passenger cars ever since my brother got a 2012 Mazda 6 diesel. I went on to upgrade my 1998 Mazda 626 to a 2007 Mazda 3 diesel, and then to a 2016 petrol CX-3...

2018 Mazda CX-5 Akera (4x4) review

A recent phone call from my local Mazda dealer got me thinking. I answered the phone call and the salesman on the other end said "we've noticed your car is due in for a service on Thursday, would you consider trading it in?". Now, I've always loved the idea of upgrading my cars fairly regularly to stay up to date with all the latest technology and features that they have to offer, however, my honest answer was, "No"...

2018 Mazda 3 SP25 review

I posted a review on this car when we purchased it two years ago, and because it has now made its way to the used car yard for our next purchase, I thought it was time to give a run down on ownership. The SP25 covered just under 20,000km in its time with us, so it did not have high mileage...

2007 Mazda 6 MPS review

I've been reading these Owner Reviews for quite some time and have always been meaning to contribute, so here goes with a blast from my past. It was the mid-2000s, and I was looking for a practical 4-door performance sedan that was a little bit more grown up than a WRX. Top of my list was a Subaru Liberty GT Spec B, as I loved Subies and it ticked all the boxes...

2019 Mazda CX-3 Maxx Sport (FWD) review - the loaner

We’re happy to report the findings of a question that our household has had about the CX-3 for some time, and it's something that others may find useful too. Could a Mazda CX-3 fit either our large or medium Samsonite hard-shell suitcases? Could it even fit both at the same time? We have been interested in the Mazda CX-3 for a while now, especially with myself being a bit of a fan of Mazda vehicles...